BBFC RatingMid90s

Showing: 12 April 2019 until 18 April 2019

CertificateNot Rated
GenreComedy, Drama
DirectorJonah Hill
Running Time1HR 25MINS
SeasonMain Programme

The directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Mid90s is a spiky tale of youthful rebellion with an evocative soundtrack; the perfect accompaniment to other recent coming-of-age portrayals such as Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

It tells the story of 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic), an awkward Los Angeles teen with ‘hair bigger than his head’ who escapes his bleak home life and violent older brother (Lucas Hedges) by befriending a group of skate punks who take him under their tattered wings. With great performances all around, Suljic nevertheless stands out with a particularly touching turn as our uncertain protagonist; ebullient, circumspect and uncannily believable. 

Even though Hill doesn’t appear in Mid90s, you can feel his presence in every scene. Directing from a script he wrote himself, the film feels authentic, not nostalgic: an unsentimental time capsule of the sights and sounds of a pop cultural moment, and a very promising debut.

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